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The YES is grateful to work on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Homelands and run camp programming on the lands of the Lake Cowichan First Nation

Mailing address:


PO Box 45033

Victoria, B.C.

V9A 0C3

Contact information:

Phone: 604-960-1377


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The YES offers summer camp programs for 14-18 year olds. Expand your leadership and team building skills while canoeing, hiking, swimming, and connecting with youth from around the province. Experience a summer camp like no other.




2020  Camp Dates:

Roots A: July 5-11, 2020

Roots B: July 12-18, 2020

Pathways A: July 26-Aug 1, 2020

Pathways B: Aug 2-8, 2020

Roots C: Aug 16-22, 2020

TBD: Aug 23-29, 2020

Roots Camps


Who should sign up? Roots is the first level of The YES program. It is for new participants, or participants who have completed one Roots level camp but are still 14-16 years old.

What do we do? Roots focuses on bringing together youth from all over the province and creating a strong, supportive, amazing community with everyone involved.  Participants can expect to spend a week being themselves, learning about themselves, and making lifelong friends in the process. Focusing on the values of self-awareness, communication, leadership and co-operation, these retreats are a powerful introduction to co-operative youth leadership in a stimulating wilderness setting. Right on Cowichan Lake, the camps also include options for many outdoor activities including canoeing, soccer, ultimate frisbee and hiking. For more information, take a look at our typical day at The YES summer camp!


Pathways Camps


Who should sign up? New or returning participants ages 16-18 years old.


What do we do? Pathways is the next step up from our Roots programs. Participants take on greater responsibility, and are challenged to expand their leadership, self-awareness, and team building skills in a spirit of fun and friendship. This camp gives participants a chance to become an even closer community, having already met each other at the Roots level.For more information, take a look at our typical day at The YES summer camp!

Camper Fees

Early Bird Rate: $750.00

Standard Rate: $800.00


Early bird registration fees are due 4 weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date. Standard camp fees due 2 weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date. Please see our camp policies for further information. 


The YES makes every effort to make camp accessible to everyone and recognizes that the camp fees may be a challenge for many families. To help with the cost of camp, there are monthly payment plans available within our registration process as well as financial sponsorships from The YES. More information about sponsorship is available here


Location: All camps will be taking place at Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre on Vancouver Island.


Transportation: All transportation to camp, excluding ferry fare, is included in the camper fee. Pick up and drop off locations are available from Kelowna, Merritt, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. Participants must get themselves to one of these locations.





Please note: Registration cannot be completed on a phone or tablet. Campbrain will only work in a web browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari) on a computer.